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11:30 AM ET, December 20, 2007

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Think Secret:
Apple, Think Secret settle lawsuit  —  PRESS RELEASE: Apple and Think Secret have settled their lawsuit, reaching an agreement that results in a positive solution for both sides.  As part of the confidential settlement, no sources were revealed and Think Secret will no longer be published.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Apple Forces Rumors Site To Shut Down  —  For a few years now, there's been a legal battle going on between Apple and Think Secret, a very popular Apple rumors site for publishing certain rumors.  The lawsuit had many people up in arms, as they pointed out that Think Secret should be protected …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Oh My God!  Apple Killed Think Secret!  Those Bastards!  —  Apple and Apple blog Think Secret have settled their long running legal dispute over leaked Apple secrets, and under the deal Think Secret will cease operation.  —  According to a statement from ThinkSecret (via CrunchGear)
Discussion: Profy.Com
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Think Secret: Damn you, Steve Jobs  —  The Apple rumour site Think Secret has posted a note saying that it has reached a settlement with Apple over the lawsuit the computer company filed against it for leaking company secrets, and that it is “a positive solution for both sides.”
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple lawsuit shutters rumor website
Discussion: Technovia and The Apple Core
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Apple mugs Think Secret
Federal Trade Commission:
Federal Trade Commission Closes Google/DoubleClick Investigation  —  Proposed Acquisition “Unlikely to Substantially Lessen Competition"  —  The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it will not seek to block Google Inc.'s proposed $3.1 billion acquisition of Internet advertising …
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Adam Kovacevich / Google:
Federal Trade Commission Clears Google's Acquisition of DoubleClick  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) today welcomed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's clearance of its planned acquisition of DoubleClick Inc., a premier provider of display ad serving technology and services.
Discussion: Screenwerk and GigaOM
Bloomberg:
Google's DoubleClick Buy to Win Clearance, People Say  —  Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc.'s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. will be cleared by U.S. antitrust enforcers as early as this week, two people with knowledge of the decision said.  —  The five-member Federal Trade Commission …
Grant Gross / PC World:
FTC Approves Google/DoubleClick Deal  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission voted 4-1 to approve the Google acquisition of online ad vendor DoubleClick.  —  Recommend this story?  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will not try to block Google's acquisition of online ad-serving vendor DoubleClick, the agency said Thursday.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Q&A: Going to the mat for photo copyrights  —  It wasn't Lane Hartwell's first heated exchange over a photo copyright issue, but a tussle involving a witty YouTube video probably was the one with the highest profile for the professional photographer.  —  Last week, a not-for-profit San …
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Daryl Lang / PDNPulse:   Bubble Video: This Thing Ain't Over
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bubblegate!  —  What a slimy mess the “Here Comes Another Bubble” …
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Twitter is dangerous  —  Twitter is rapidly becoming a serious threat to corporate information protection.  The program's great strength — many-to-many messaging — becomes its great weakness in this context.  —  Imagine this scenario: 20 people are in a confidential meeting, one of them using Twitter.
BBC:
BitTorrent search site loses case  —  A website which facilitated the online exchange of films, music and TV programmes without permission has lost a US copyright case.  —  TorrentSpy was taken to court by the Motion Picture Association of America.  —  A judge made a default ruling in favour …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TECH.BLORGE.com
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
$299 ASUS Eee PC 2G Surf in Multiple Colors Appears Online  —  The Eee PC family expands even further  —  The ASUS Eee PC family recently expanded even further with the addition of the $299 2G Surf model.  Newegg now currently lists ASUS Eee PC 2G which is available in Galaxy Black, Blush Pink, Sky Blue and Lush Green.
Discussion: Mobility Site and Engadget
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Digital music: Go legal, get screwed  —  The Big Four record labels want us to think that the sound recording business is a reformed character these days.  Recently, we've heard ritualistic self-flagellations from a succession of top executives.  There was Ed Bronfman at Warner's, prostrating himself in front of Apple.
Discussion: The Open Road and Michael's Minute
Flung / Krunker:
Liquid Image Digital Underwater Camera Mask allows you to take photos/videos underwater hands-free  —  Liquid Image will be releasing their 5.0 megapixel Digital Underwater Camera Mask at CES 2008 which allows swimmers to record underwater photos and videos hands-free.
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and CrunchGear
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Liquid Image Camera-Mask Lets You Shoot Video, Take Pics Underwater
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Bill Ray / The Register:
N95 struggles to find itself  —  The latest firmware for the Nokia N95 offers many new features and much better memory management, and is free to download - but it also takes away the tracking feature from Nokia Maps, which the company now claims was a limited-time promotional offer.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Look Who's Bidding in Auction 73  —  The FCC's auction of wireless spectrum is swarming with participants, some of which you might not expect—including Chevron and Vulcan's Paul Allen  —  U.S. government auctions of wireless spectrum always attract plenty of established telecoms …
 
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Jonathan Cassell / iSuppli:
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Twitter growing pains cause lots of downtime in 2007
Nathan Buggia / Live Search Webmaster Center Blog:
Listing Google Ads In Live Search (D'oh!)
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Firefox 3 beta 2 Arrives with More Speed and Fewer Bugs
Discussion: TechSpot News
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Yet Another in the Ongoing Series Wherein I Examine a Piece …
Guy Clapperton / Guardian:
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate Now Available, Vista Haters Rejoice
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
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Mac OS X 10.5.2 to deliver sprawling list of fixes for Leopard
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